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Riverside Sikhs continue serving the needy amid Covid-19 crisis on Fathers Day

NRI Sikhs changed the method of serving langar to those in need in major cities of the world

Riverside, California, July. 02, 2020 A.Gary Singh Grewal

Despite the quarantine ordered in major cities of the world for the past 10-12 weeks, Sikh Communities have rallied to continue providing langar services during the coronavirus storm.



“Most of the them, are heroes,” Agary Singh Grewal said. “They have no medical training and no PPE, only faith and a love for the needy. They are high-risk themselves, to provide food, regardless of the risk and for very little personal gain.”

In Sikhism, the langar, or free kitchen, have been started by the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak. It was designed to uphold the principle of equality among all people, regardless of religion, caste, colour, creed, age, gender or social status.

Guru Nanak Dev ji when he was a child, was given a sum of 20 rupees and was told to visit the market by his father to do ‘Sacha Sauda’ (a good bargain). His father was a well-known trader of his village and wanted young Guru Nanak to learn the family business when he was just 12 years old. Instead of doing a worldly bargain, the Guru instead bought food with the money and fed a large group of saints who had been hungry for days and that is what he said was the “true business”. Originally a Persian word, Langar translates as ‘an almshouse’ or ‘a place for the poor and needy’, is a community kitchen in the Sikh tradition. The concept of Langar is to provide everyone in need of food, irrespective of their caste, class, religion and gender, is always welcome as the Guru’s guest.